Asthma is a chronic condition that causes your airway to narrow, swell, and produce excess mucus that makes breathing difficult. Asthma can lead to other major health concerns and it can potentially be life-threatening. As of right now, there is no known cure for asthma. However, with early diagnosis, the right treatment plan, and effective management, anyone with asthma can live a full, exciting, and normal life. At Integra Health, we know that patient education is the key to managing asthma and keeping it under control. Our mission is to help you feel as educated and prepared as possible.
There are different types of asthma, all of which cause similar symptoms, but are triggered by different events. Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction causes asthma symptoms to flare while engaged in physical activity. Allergic or occupational asthma occurs in the presence of an irritating substances or allergens. General asthma typically develops in children but can occur in adults as well. This asthma is a chronic condition that may have several triggers or occur spontaneously. Treatments will vary based on the type and severity of the asthma diagnosed. An experienced pulmonologist, like Dr. White, can help.
Risk Factors of Asthma
Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases diagnosed in children. While we don’t know all of the causes of asthma, we do not know that there are a number of risk factors for developing asthma. Some of these risk factors include:
- Having allergies
- Being the sibling or child of someone with asthma
- Overweight or obese
- Exposure to secondhand smoke, toxic fumes, or pollution
- Premature birth
Symptoms of Asthma
Symptoms of asthma may occur spontaneously, known as an asthma attack. The sudden onset of symptoms can vary from mild to severe, but are noticeable and can cause a sense of panic in the person suffering an attack. During an asthma attack, the lungs swell and the airway shrinks, making moving air difficult. Early symptoms, warning signs, and symptoms of an asthma attack may include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Tightness or pressure in the chest
- Rapid breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Wheezing on in and out
- Excessive coughing
- Difficulty or inability to speak or catch a breath
- Pale, sweaty skin
- Blue tint of lips or fingernails — cyanosis
- Retractions of neck and chest muscles
- Anxiety or panicked feeling
If you notice these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. Severe symptoms in an acute asthma attack is a medical emergency. More mild symptoms that seem to come and go should be evaluated for asthma to establish an effective management plan. Be sure to make an appointment to be evaluated right away. Allow the respiratory team at Integra Health to help you learn how to handle an asthma attack, as well as prepare you for ways to be ready for another attack in the future.
Asthma Treatment at Integra Health of Temecula
With close to a decade of experience in the field of pulmonology, our team has the necessary expertise and skills to keep you healthy. Get in touch with our pulmonary experts to schedule your first appointment with us, as well as to learn more about what we can do for you and your family.